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The Center for Disease Control is meeting yet another cruise ship that has an outbreak of the gastrointestinal virus, norovirus, according to a Jan. 30 report in Houston Chronicle. The Caribbean Princess is meeting the CDC in Houston after cutting the trip short when 165 people were treated at the infirmary, and 5 cases were identified as the norovirus.

Norovirus is described an aggressive and easily transferable gastrointestinal virus that causes dangerous vomiting and diarrhea. The elderly and very young may be particularly sensitive to this virus due to their lower immune systems.

The Caribbean Princess should arrive in Houston by 1 a.m. on Friday, with the 3,104 passengers and crew being able to leave at about 7 a.m. The cruise line is offering the passengers a free night in a hotel in Houston and 20% off of another cruise trip.

Caribbean Princess has experienced an increase in the number of cases of gastroenteritis among passengers, which has been confirmed to be norovirus … Because of the increased sensitivity surrounding norovirus by both cruise lines and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in this winter season, we notified the CDC who will be boarding on Friday to ensure all appropriate measures are followed for an extensive sanitation of the ship prior to the next cruise departing February 1,” said the Princess Caribbean in a statement.

The first cruise line to have an outbreak of the norovirus was Royal Caribbean with their Explorer of the Seas ship. That cruise, which landed in New Jersey on Wednesday, had more than 700 people infected.

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